Hardcore will never die. But it’s been unusually quiet over the last tumultuous year. After being locked up like a feral animal, it’s finally time.
“DELETE. REPEAT.” by Austin hardcore rippers, Band of Bastards, explodes with a ferocity fueled by pandemic and political turmoil.
Band of Bastards is a hardcore punk band, by lifers for lifers. After decades in the Austin underground and a rap sheet of former bands a mile long (…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Sparta, Markov, Black Books, We’ll Go Machete, Glass Shadows) these Austin music scene vets form a tight, locked-in wrecking crew.
Fast, loud, and to the point, the 12 songs on “DELETE. REPEAT.” rip by in under 30 minutes. Recorded by Charles Godfrey of Scary American Recordings (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Swans, Black Angels, Cannibal Corpse) the record captures the raw intensity and immediacy of the Bastards slugging it out in a grimey, all-ages club.
With roots in early American hardcore, Band of Bastards manages to evolve that sound into something new. It’s chaotic, it’s relentless and it’s righteously pissed.
Debut video features Mike Wiebe/Riverboat Gamblers and Tim Kerr/Big Boys/Poison Idea